Dravid hopes for an encore of '06

Dravid hopes for an encore of '06

During the 2006 West Indies tour, the Indian team created history under Dravid’s captaincy when they won a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time in 35 years.
“We won the series there last time around, but I hope we will do better this time,” he said on the sidelines of a promotional event here on Tuesday.

“If the West Indies play their full strength side, they will be a tough team to beat. But it will be interesting to see if they have their full side.”

Dravid became only the second Indian skipper, after Ajit Wadekar, to have won a Test series in the West Indies when he led India to a 1-0 victory in a four-match rubber in 2006.

Meanwhile, Dravid was confident that the last chapter in the rivalry between spin wizard Shane Warne and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, with the former announcing his retirement from the IPL, would be an engrossing one when Rajasthan Royals take on Mumbai Indians here on Friday.

“Both are great players. If we see the history we will agree both are legends. It will be a good show by great cricketers. Every one will like to see such contests. Hopefully, there would be a good contest,” he said.

The 38-year-old cricketer, who is part of the Jaipur outfit, said inexperience was the reason behind Rajasthan Royals’ failure to make it to the play-offs of IPL 4. “Look, our side has got a little bit of inexperience if you look at our game. There are 10 teams and at the end of the day other teams had probably more experienced players in this competition.”

“We are not in a position to get to the play-offs. We have had some up and down performances. We have some youngsters doing well for us. We can improve next year,” Dravid said.

He pinpointed Rajasthan Royals’ Ashok Menaria and Ajinkya Rahane as the players to watch out for in the future.

“Happy to see some young players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria come through...they have shown a glimpse of what they can do. Rahane has done well for Mumbai in Ranji and domestic cricket while Menaria has done well for Rajasthan.”
Meanwhile, South African Johan Botha, who was also present at the event, said he would be happy to succeed Warne as the Jaipur outfit’s skipper if he is asked to do so.
“I think when Warnie stops, a few guys could take over. If I get the opportunity, I will take it. But there are a lot of guys to take over like (Shane) Watson and Ross Taylor.”
Asked about Gary Kirsten’s chances of succeeding the outgoing South African coach, Corrie Van Zyl, Botha said, “I think honestly Gary has had a good time with the Indian team. If he takes over everyone will be happy.”

New Zealanders Jacob Oram, Ross Taylor and Rahane were also present on the occasion.